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Aston Martin's speedy 100th gift

2013-05-20 10:08

LONDON, England - Aston Martin celebrated its centenary with the debut of the CC100 Speedster Concept on May 19, 2013.

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The concept, created as a celebration of the British brand’s 100 years of sports car history, looks to the past with the DBR1 – Aston Martin’s greatest sporting triumph on the track – and to the future with glimpses of potential design direction.

RACING LEGEND

The six-litre V12 made its debut by completing a lap of the Nordschleife during Germany’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring race. It lapped the circuit with the 1000km race-winning 1959 DBR1 with British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.

Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez said: “CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin. It represents our sporting heritage, our design capability, our engineering know-how and, above all, our adventurous spirit. I have nicknamed it ‘DBR100’ because of its affinity to the great 1959 race-winning cars and, of course, our 100-year anniversary in 2013.

“But this car is more than a simple ‘birthday present’ to ourselves: it shows that the soul of Aston Martin – the thing that differentiates us from all the other car makers out there – is as powerful as ever.”

'BRIEF WAS SIMPLE...'

The car was designed and built in less than six months at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England. The look of the two-seater was the work of design director Marek Reichman working alongside  chief exterior designer Miles Nurnberger.         

Nurnberger said: “The brief was very simple, yet enormously testing: create something that reflects the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage and signals the future of the brand. The idea of an iconic speedster concept that nods to the Le Mans  and Nurburgring-winning cars of 1959 soon came, and we have had complete freedom to shape this car.”

With a body and interior crafted with carbon fibre, the concept uses the latest AM11 non-turbo V12 petrol engine mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission controlled by paddle shifts.

The drivetrain will power the CC100 to 100km/h in about four seconds, top speed is limited to 290km/h.